Rotterdam Mayor Aboutaleb threatens empty Coop

Mayor Aboutaleb of Rotterdam is considering not allowing an audience in Feyenoord‘s home games if fans of that club continue to seriously violate the rules for the spread of the coronavirus. He says so after seeing the footage of Sunday’s game with FC Twente (1-1) at De Kuip.

Not all the 13,000 spectators present kept the required 1.5-metre distance during that game. There was also singing, cheering and whistling, especially in the final phase when the home club hunted for the winning goal under the loud encouragement of the ‘Legion’.

Feyenoord promised to deploy more stewards in Sunday‘s home game with ADO Den Haag on Monday afternoon. Feyenoord had already deployed nearly four hundred stewards against FC Twente on Sunday, something the club normally does when De Kuip is packed with over 40,000 fans.

Mayor Aboutaleb wrote to Feyenoord on Monday instructing Feyenoord to expand the safety team by 25 men. This would increase the organisation to 405 people. Aboutaleb’s main task is to order those extra stewards to comply with the 1.5-metre measure.

Aboutaleb also warned Feyenoord that another massive breach of the coronavirus rules could have consequences for the number of spectators allowed to attend De Kuip in the coming games. Depending on the seriousness of the foul, he will consider emphatically not allowing any more spectators.

Only together can we get and keep corona under control, according to the mayor of Rotterdam, the municipality and the Rotterdam-Rijnmond security region are doing everything they can to promote compliance with the rules. Aboutaleb also expects this attitude from Feyenoord. According to him, this could be done, for example, by urgently advising those who violated the rules last Sunday to go into quarantine and by imposing a stadium ban on those who violated coronavirus rules.